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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
The page is now up and running.
In the coming weeks I'll clean up a few details (such as remaining references to the old address), then I hope to relaunch the site with new material, departments and articles from new authors.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
On 27th October, Ted Lapkin of The Review will give a talk entitled, A Few Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Geneva Conventions.
Although I agree with Ted's position that by the letter of the Geneva Conventions, some Guantanamo Bay inmates such as David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib have forfeited their rights, I personally believe that the most morally appropriate and sensible action for America (and Australia) would be to extend equivalent rights to such people anyway. Why? Because the way to fight fire is not with fire, but with water. We and the Americans ought to preserve our high moral ground wherever possible.
For this reason, I will be particularly interested to hear Ted's arguments. If you're in Melbourne on the 27th, I strongly encourage you to come along.
End of year banquet
The Annual PWHCE end of year banquet will take place on Saturday 27th November at Golden Triangle Thai/Cambodian/Burmese restaurant. This was the banquet venue for the Monarchist Alliance conference I was involved in organising earlier this year.
Invitation to Ted Lapkin's talk:
Invitation to the Banquet:
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Many have speculated that the recent bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta was a product of Australia's support for America in Iraq. After the Madrid bombings in March, Mark Latham adopted a policy of withdrawing our troops from Iraq for this reason. His policy involves refocusing on the Asia Pacific region. Personally, I think that Latham's decision to differentiate himself from the Government on the issue of withdrawal from Iraq made Australia a more attractive target.
However, on the eve of our polls, there were several bombings around the world. The Indonesian embassy was bombed in Paris. There was a bombing in Pakistan. And three tourist destinations popular with Israelis were hit with car and truck bombs in Sinai, Egypt.
None of the countries in which these attacks took place, or against which they were directed, were part of the war in Iraq, and in fact many of these countries were actively opposed. Indonesia, our regional neighbour, was attacked in Paris.
This demonstrates that terrorists are engaged in a global war, in which targets can be hit anywhere on the planet. Migration is a key facet of their ideology. Regions are meaningless, and one of their primary short term goals is to establish a new training base in the Middle East - the current target is Iraq.
Three years and one month ago, Australians died alongside Americans and people from around the world, when Afghan-Arab terrorists attacked on American soil.
This is a war in which regional distinctions of marginal relevance. Iraq is the war's principal front.
A continuation of the Howard government's policy is the most wise decision at today's election.
Monday, October 04, 2004
This is the first paragraph of an article I wrote to The Australian in response to an opinion piece by candidate for Fairfax, Dr Ivan Molloy. Photographs of Molloy training with separatist guerrillas in Mindanao have since appeared in the press.
A full report on the Molloy affair, accompanied by the article I wrote and the edited version The Australian published as a letter to the editor, are now available online.
Molloy's original article, PM Feeds the Terrorists:
An interesting comment by Greg Sheridan: